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LocationLakshadweep islands lie about 220 to 440 kms off the Kerala coast between 8 and 12 North Latitudes and 71 and 74 East Longitudes. The islands are connected to mainland by passenger ships and flights operated from Kochi. The airport is in Agatti and facilities exist for helicopter transfer to Kavaratti Island. The remoteness and pristine beauty of these islands combined with the solitude and peace provided by the verdant environment offer an ideal getaway for holidaymakers.
Lakshadweep enjoys a pleasant tropical climate with summer temperatures ranging from 22 C to 33 C and winter temperatures from 20 C to 32 C. Southwest monsoons from June to September bring plenty of rainfall to the islands. Months from October to may are pleasant with slight rise in temperature during March and April. Light cotton tropical clothes are ideal throughout the year. A rain coat will come in handy during the monsoons. Cool sea breeze and abundant shade provided by the canopy of coconut palms make the climate pleasant even during peak summer.
The best time to visit Lakshadweep is from October to mid May. From mid May to September it is rainy. Though all the resorts in Lakshadweep are open throughout the year, reaching there by ship is difficult during monsoon. Islands like Agatti and Bangaram are pleasant even during the monsoon and can be reached by flight form Kochi. Reaching resort like Kadmat, Minicoy and Kavaratti is difficult as they are not connected by flight or helicopter. During monsoons, transport from Agatti to Bangaram is only by helicopter. Nevertheless the rainy season presents a breathtaking experience when the vegetation looks greener than ever and the veil of rain adds a different hue to the beauty of lagoons and the blue seas beyond. Although flights operate through out the year for the tourists, ships operates for local passengers only and are not available for tourist transport during monsoon
HOW TO REACH
Lakshadweep Island can be reached by ships and flights operated from Kochi. For all tourist purposes Kochi is the gate way to Lakshadweep
Agatti and Bangaram islands can be reached by flight from Kochi. Indian Airlines and Kingfisher airlines operate flights from Kochi. Onward flights from Kochi are available to most of the airports in India and abroad. Airstrip is there in Agatti island only. From Agatti boats are available to Kavaratti and Kadmat during fair season October to May. Helicopter transfer is available from Agatti to Bangaram Island Resort during monsoon and to Kavaratti through out the year. The flight from Cochin to Agatti takes approximately one hour and thirty minutes.
Four passenger ships MV Tipusultan, MV Bharat Seema, MV Amindivi and MV Minicoy operate between Cochin and Lakshadweep. The passage takes 14 to 18 hours depending on island chosen for journey. The ships offer different classes of accommodation: A/C Deluxe Class with two berth cabins, A/C First Class with four berth cabins and Tourist Class with A/C seating. MV Tipu Sultan has a cafeteria, snack bar, entertainment lounge and upper deck promenade for the tourists. A doctor is available on call on board MV Tipusultan & MV Bharath Seema. MV Amindivi and MV Minicoy also offer comfortable A/C seating ideal for a nights journey.
A dialect of Malayalam is spoken in all the islands except Minicoy. In Minicoy, Mahl is the language used. There is very little difference in the customs and the manners of the people despite a few cultural differences . Marriages are arranged by parents except in Minicoy where courting is prevalent. Arranged marriages are common and the negotiations originate from the brides family.
While in Minicoy, the groom is selected from the same social and economic strata, maternal uncles
son is the first choice in all the other islands. The Nikah takes place in the Mosque or at the brides residence. In Minicoy the marriage ceremony is relatively simple. The expenses for the functions are borne by the bridegrooms family. An interesting feature of Minicoy is the absence of the parents from certain functions related to the marriage. The average household has 3 - 4 rooms. Minimum furniture is used in homes. A swinging cot is a very common feature. Rice is the staple food of the people. As a rule the people are non - vegetarians. Coconut is widely used. The manner of dressing of the people is simple and similar to the Muslims of Malabar coast. The dress code of Minicoyans are distinct from the other islanders. Jeans and trousers are popular. The territory has a closely - knit community life. In Minicoy, community life is centered around village institution known as - Avah.
Make sure your reservation of tour in advance before leaving your station.
Carry your special brand of medicines, cosmetics, cigarettes etc. as only ordinary varieties will be
available on the islands.
While on board the ship, a representative of SPORTS
has been specially designated to assist you. In case
of any difficulty, please avail of his services.
Do not Litter the land or the water. It pollutes.
Do not pick up corals as souvenirs. It is a punishable offence.
Do not use alcoholics drinks, intoxicants in the islands. There is prohibition on all islands except Bangara
Do not carry narcotics or drugs. It is a punishable offence.
Do not swim or sunbathe nude. It is prohibited.
Do not go out of your island lagoon without permission of the SPORTS authorities and without a proper escort. It can be risky.
Do not pluck tender coconuts yourself. The trees are privately owned and unauthorized plucking of coconuts is a theft. Also a fall from the palm can prove dangerous.
Avoid booking return journey on the day of arrival back at Kochi. Ships arrival timing is subject to weather, current port clearance
Children between the age group of 1 to 10 years is accommodated at 50% of the accommodation charges and full transport charge.
Once booked, cancellation charge up to 20% will be deducted from the package charges up to 15 days before scheduled departure of ship. If cancelled 7 to 14 days before departure, up to 50% package charge will be deducted if cancelled less than 7 days before departure.
• Consumption of liquor is prohibited in Lakshadweep.
• Program / Schedule of ship is liable to be changed / cancelled without prior notice. Ships are operated by Lakshadweep Administration. In case of a change in the ship schedule liability of SPORTS is restricted to transporting the tourists back to Cochin by immediate available conveyance of the ship only.
• Tourists availing LTC may collect LTC certificate room Manager on board at the time of return journey or from our Kochi office on return. Transport and tour change bifurcation is given in the tariff chart.
• Service tax applicable as per the prevailing Govt. Tax rate.
• All the payments are to be made by Cash / DD / Cheque at par in favour of “SPORTS “PAYABLE” at Kochi.
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